The Freshwater Scientist works closely with an interdisciplinary team to help guide TNC’s freshwater conservation work toward achieving greater impact. By providing insight from recent research, improving study design, and conducting modeling, spatial and statistical analysis, he/she will help inform and increase the efficacy of various restoration and watershed monitoring efforts, ultimately helping to determine the long-term direction of our freshwater work in New Jersey.
The Freshwater Scientist will have the opportunity to support and help shape innovative freshwater conservation initiatives in New Jersey through applied research and analysis, as well as serving as a project manager for different kinds of projects. This position will be responsible for designing and conducting spatial and statistical analyses that will help inform the freshwater team’s efforts to prioritize, design, and implement a variety of restoration projects and initiatives—improving our short-term outcomes and ultimately helping to guide our long-term investments. One initial responsibility will be helping to refine our watershed monitoring, but the main focus for the first two years will be leading a floodplain modeling project and predicting ecosystem benefits at multiple scales. The Freshwater Scientist will be responsible for leading the project, working with other team members to engage stakeholders, and may conduct or oversee contracts to complete watershed-wide modeling of floodplain restoration potential to increase the retention of nutrient and sediment runoff, as well as to attenuate flooding. While the emphasis of these products will be applied to conservation planning, there also will be site-specific modeling/assessment of large restoration projects’ potential benefits needed. Modeling efforts will be informed and supplemented as necessary by work in the field to collect on-the-ground data and ground-truth results. Beyond this initial project, the Freshwater Scientist will help increase the scientific rigor of all of our restoration work and project/watershed-wide monitoring by providing support with study design, as well as data collection, management, and analysis. Long-term, using the best science available, this position will help the program’s strategic direction to evolve over time, identifying new project and initiative opportunities as conditions change. Investments will be made in geographically diverse regions; planning areas and project sites span the urban-to-rural gradient and are located in multiple watersheds in New Jersey. This is a full-time, paid position for 35 hours/week, based in Delmont, NJ.
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